Thursday, April 30, 2015

HELMONT RISES: 2 More Mugged On Infamous Belmont Ave

Helmont, the crime-laden strip of turf from the 700 to 1200 blocks of Belmont Avenue, is really hitting its warm weather stride.

More than 25% of the robberies reported in Wrigleyville and Boystown this year have taken place on Helmont—including 3 this month.

In the latest mugging, a man called the 19th district station desk at 11:55PM Tuesday to report that his father had been robbed of a cell phone in the 700 block of Belmont. The victim told officers that a 6-foot-tall "person" wearing a blue and gray hoodie robbed him of his phone in front of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and fled eastbound on Belmont. (CPD case HY239910)

• On April 19, a man reported to police that an offender dragged him into an alley at the Belmont Red Line station and proceeded to beat and rob him. (Case HY227669)

Helmont has consistently been the most dangerous stretch of road in our neighborhood, racking up more robberies than any other street in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Despite the consistent, undeniable pattern of violence, the Chicago Police Department has never made a concerted effort to reign in Helmont's mayhem.
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21 comments:

  1. Being short a decent amount of police doesn't help much. :(

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    1. You would figure that since Tunney's restaurant is on that stretch, he would use his pull and get more patrol out there. But then there is probably a reason that Ann Sather is only open for breakfast and lunch. If it doesn't affect him personally, he sure hasn't seemed to care much. Typical.

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    2. Being short a decent amount of police doesn't help much. :(..........

      Let me rephrase that , being short of "decent" police doesn't help much.

      Most of the new people in 019 came from other districts to get away from everything. They refuse to confront anyone. They're on the lake sleeping most nights.

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    3. That's a bunch of BS.

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  2. Tunny is looking into this LOL

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    1. And "working closely"...

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  3. Is it just me or is 31R Never available to handle there jobs when we get out? They are running late or time on the front. Every night. I know Im new to the district but where I came from they would have just been put on a late car problem solved. Maybe the bosses are taking care of them for some reason. How about both showing up to roll call on time with the rest of us. Trust me all of us would like to come late whenever we wanted.
    Stay safe all.

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    1. Yes this is true

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    2. First off, you'r'e not new to the district. That's a somewhat clever way to make people think you are one of the new guys. The truth is you are one of the original 019 or 023 guys/gals. You have been bitter since day one. you have never been out of 019/023. You most likely have 12-15 years on and think you've "seen that" and "done that".

      The guys on 31R may not be extremely punctual but they are the guys that I want on my side when the *#$% hits the fan. They've backed officers up time and time again, and I've seen it.

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  4. I think the actual distance of Helmont runs from 600, (maybe even 500 on a really good night) all the way to 1200.

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  5. Maybe they are afraid of being robbed.

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  6. Can anyone with knowledge of the inner workings of the police department explain why a basic patrol concentrating on Helmont has not been established in more than three years? Thr benefits of having a consistent police presence are so obvious that there has to be some political reason why it doesn't happen. Yes, the resources are already stretched thin but, if 25% of my "business" was concentrated in one location, I would be sure to apply a good portion of my limited resources to that area. But what do I know-- I'm just a working person in the business world who pays all the tax bills in this neighborhood to make sure the thugs are well supported while I'm afraid to walk outside my home at anytime. The lack of additional police to stop this continuing crime wave is beyond insulting to the people who pay the bills around here-- it's downright criminal.

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    1. I completely agree. the old 019 had a car designated to Belmont/Sheffied every night. Now the entertainment detail focuses mostly on Clark Street.

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    2. Because Tunney has repeatedly said that Lakeview welcomes EVERYONE. That includes criminals.

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    3. Very simple - focusing on a crime ravaged epicenter like Belmont near the L and Sheffield would cause at least an initial spike in crime stats, ergo, it is not done.

      P.S., about 15 years ago, I had a supper at Ann Sather on Broadway. The food was bland. Never again.

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  7. Why did we have to lend a unit to the draft bs going on downtown? Other districts that aren't facing a staffing shortage couldn't spare a car?

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  8. it's only going to get worse... this summer will be bad.. not enough police.. not enough police who care. terrible judges who let everyone off..... be careful people....

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  9. It's going to get worse too because their is a rush to judgement of Police misdeeds now to. More and more police are going to just sit back and not doing anything unless it's absolutely necessary.

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    1. Sadly (and I am not in law enforcement) this may be true. I feel for the really good cops out there who may feel much more "gun shy" (now I understand the term better) to simply be proactive. Please continue to do the job the citizens need and expect from you. We need (and pay plenty for) protection 24-7. Please know that most of us understand you have it especially tough more in the past year or so. Difficult times to be sure. Thank you for the work you do!

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  10. Skipped Madonnarama at Berlin tonight. Again. $3 Heinekens just aren't worth the worry. And it'll add up. Skipping all the Madonnaramas over a year will save me over $250. Even crime in Boystown has a silver lining.

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    1. You'll save much more than that. You will not get your Smartphone robbed at knifepoint, nor will you pay for a trip to the ER after they beat you bloodied.

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